Weight Loss Services From Eden Drug
Weight Loss Strategies
Many people are constantly looking for ways to lose weight, or they may struggle with chronic weight management. Maintaining a healthy weight has numerous health benefits, including improved physical health, heart health, control of blood sugar, and improvement of mood. Weight loss is achieved in those who have a calorie deficit, meaning more calories are being burned than the amount of calories being eaten in a given day. A healthy lifestyle can be challenging to achieve, and some people, even after giving their best efforts, are unable to achieve target weight goals on their own. For these people, medication may be helpful to achieve weight loss goals.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is part of a drug class known as GLP-1 agonist. These medications have been used to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes for many years. This medication is marketed by the company Novo Nordisk as an injection as Ozempic® and as an oral tablet as Rybelsus®.
The FDA recently approved semaglutide to help patients manage weight and weight loss. This same medication is known as Wegovy® from Novo Nordisk. At Eden Drug, we have formulated a compounded liquid that will be given under the tongue (sublingual). This formulation of semaglutide also contains cyanocobalamin or vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 helps to increase energy which is often lacking in people who are overweight and struggle with weight loss.
What Is the Dosage and How Is It Supplied?
This medication will come in an amber bottle with a dropper and should be kept refrigerated and shaken before use. If you are taking this medication for the first time, you will follow directions for the initial titration of the medication (taking a small amount to start, then increasing the dose after 7 days). The reason we titrate the medication is to help reduce side effects related to stomach issues and nausea. This medication can be taken with or without food, and it does not matter what time of day the medication is taken.
What Are the Side Effects?
The most common side effects of semaglutide are those related to the gastrointestinal system, such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. These side effects may be more common after starting the medication or when increasing the dose.
Some reactions may be more extreme, and if you experience these reactions, such as rash, trouble breathing, or swelling of mouth or face should be reported immediately, and the medication should be stopped.
How Do I Get the Compounded Medication?
This medication is available by prescription only from your provider. We have created a template for your provider. Feel free to print the template and take the form with you to your visit to discuss if compounded semaglutide is appropriate for you. The completed prescription can be brought back to the pharmacy, and it will be filled.
Medical Weight Loss Disclaimers
Compounded medications have not been tested for safety or efficacy by the FDA. We follow compounding best practices. We do not perform the same testing as a drug manufacturer.